(Durham, NC) – Thanksgiving preparation begins early for business owners Ali Rudel and Ben Filippo. This entrepreneurial pair runs East Durham Bake Shop and will set up a Thanksgiving holiday PopUp @ American Tobacco from November 5th-21st and they’ve already begun taking orders

East Durham Bake Shop started in 2015 as a one-person operation selling whole pies to order and hand pies to local cafes. The duo turned their dream of opening a storefront in Old East Durham into a reality this spring. The shop offers a variety of handmade and seasonally inspired pastries from croissants, cookies, and scones to sweet and savory pies. With a focus on using local North Carolina produce, East Durham Bake Shop believes in spending its food dollars locally whenever possible.

“Pie carries deep family and cultural traditions, and therefore so many wonderful memories for a lot of people,” says Ali. “We often hear people tell stories about their parents, relatives and those who have since passed away when we talk to them about pie. It’s a food that changes depending on what we have in abundance and brings people a specific happiness.”

Ali and Ben’s passions for meticulously crafting handmade baked goods and serving the local community will go hand-in-hand this holiday season. The shop will be serving handmade pies from its Thanksgiving menu, freshly baked pastries, Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, organic tea, and fresh bottled juice. Customers will be able to preorder baked goods for Thanksgiving or enjoy slices and pastries in-shop.

“Durham, especially its small business owners and entrepreneurs, is filled with such enthusiastic and creative people who have always made us feel welcome, loved and supported,” says Ali. “We are proud to be a part of this community and to be able to provide a little slice of happiness this Thanksgiving.”

Keep up with East Durham Bake Shop by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The East Durham Pie PopUp space will be open Monday-Friday 8 am – 2 pm.

More on PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus

PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus will regularly feature new entrepreneurs and their concepts. The revolving showcase deepens and enhances Durham’s role as “the Startup Hub of the South.”  

Entrepreneurs can review PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus’ microsite (popupdurham.com) for details and information on how to be involved.

Consumers can also check the microsite for information on the latest PopUp showcase. American Tobacco’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) will carry PopUp news. The hashtag is #PopUpDurham. Images for press are here.  

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